Beginnings and Endings: Fethullah Gulen's Vision for Today's World

Beginnings and Endings: Fethullah Gulen's Vision for Today's World

by Walter H. Wagner


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Walter Wagner attempts to present a framework of understanding that outlines the philosophy and theology of Fethullah Gulen, a worldwide known scholar of Islam who inspired a global movement of education and interfaith dialogue. This book shows how Gülen's vision for the present and future makes the present and future forms of Hizmet an essential part of his wider and urgent call for the formation of a community of religiously committed and non-religiously committed persons to work toward a just, equitable and prosperous world now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935295266
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
Publication date: 09/06/2013
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Walter H. Wagner is adjunct faculty at Moravian Theological Seminary (Bethlehem, PA) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA), retired from parish ministry. He has taught at California, Lutheran College, Upsala College and Muhlenberg College, and served as the director for theological education of the Lutheran Church in America. He is the author of a number of articles on early church history and Islam as well as Opening the Qur'an. Introducing Isla's Holy Book (Notre Dame Press); After the Apostles. Christianity in the Second Century (Fortress Press); and The Zinzendorf-Muhlenberg Encounter: A Controversy Seeking Understanding (Moravian Historical Society). He holds the B.A. (Gettysburg College), M.Div. (Lutheran Theological Seminary), M.A. (Princeton Theological Seminary) and Ph.D. (Drew University). He has been involved in ecumenical and inter-religious activities and programs for many years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 Meeting Fethullah Gülen 1

Chapter 2 A Sunni Narrative of the Worlds' Beginning and Ending 11

Chapter 3 Gülen's Vision of the Worlds' First Beginning 77

Chapter 4 Gülen's Vision of the Worlds' Endings and New Beginning 121

Chapter 5 Gülen's Challenges for Today's World 171

Epilogue 179

Bibliography 183

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